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      October 20, 2019

      Sunday   3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

      150 East 4th Street
      Claremont, California 91711

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      Claremont Symphony Orchestra

      Water, Water Everywhere . . . on Claremont Symphony's Opening Concert

      Sunday, Oct. 20, 3:30 p.m., in Little Bridges Auditorium

      The Claremont Symphony Orchestra opens its 67th Season on Oct. 20 with a focus on the sea. First up is the Overture to Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman," the name of a ghost ship and of its captain. The audience will then get a special treat when mezzo-soprano Danielle Marcelle Bond sings the five songs of Sir Edward Elgar's "Sea Pictures." The finale is Schumann's "Rhenish" Symphony, inspired by a trip that the composer and his wife took along the Rhine River.

      The legend of the Flying Dutchman describes a sea captain who, while struggling around the Cape of Good Hope during a storm, made a deal with the Devil, who then condemned the captain to stay at sea forever. The Overture, which has been called one of the most impressive and enthralling storm scenes in music, was likely inspired by a sea voyage where Wagner encountered raging storms.

      Award-winning singer Danielle Marcelle Bond will perform the "Sea Pictures" cycle of five songs based on poetry. One of the poems, "In Haven," was written by Elgar's wife and describes the transcendence of love over elemental forces. Ms. Bond has appeared as singer or actress in operas, films, animated shows, video games, commercials, and on the improv stage.

      Of Schumann's four symphonies, this one, the third, is considered special for a number of reasons: it's the last one, it is the first one which premiered with the composer conducting, and it has five movements instead of the traditional four. The extra movement, called the "Cathedral movement," is based on a procession he witnessed near Cologne Cathedral.

      The free concert will be held at Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College, 150 E. 4th Street, in Claremont; donations are welcome. Handicapped parking is available in front of the hall, with a ramp for the handicapped on the west side of the hall. More information is available at, or call 909-596-5979.

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